Doug Staker,
Vice President,
International Market
 
Liberty Lake, WA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 29, 2007 – The Trinidad & Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) has signed a contract with Itron Inc. to deliver the largest and most comprehensive advanced metering system in that region of the world. The deployment is expected to fundamentally transform the way the utility conducts business and serves its customers, said Doug Staker, vice president of the Itron International Group.

Trinidad and Tobago is a twin island republic located in the southern Caribbean, just off the coast of Venezuela. Its electricity company, T&TEC, will install 400,000 high-powered, solid-state CENTRON® meters over 20 months as part of a fixed network system. T&TEC will be able to remotely read customers’ meters and deliver bills based on actual rather than estimated consumption. The system will also enable the utility to perform unscheduled on-demand reads and collect interval data to support time of use billings in the future.

Itron’s advanced metering system provides positive outage and restoration notification, which will improve outage management and service to T&TEC’s customers. The utility will receive immediate notification of interruptions to electricity service in any specific area to facilitate faster restoration. Additionally, T&TEC is implementing Itron’s Revenue Protection Suite, an analytic software tool that enables the utility to identify likely instances of meter tampering on a near real-time basis in order detect and deter energy theft.

“Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission wanted advanced functionality, such as outage notification, hourly meter reads and load profile data in order to better understand their distribution system,” said Staker. “Itron is able to provide all that capability in a turn-key solution, which includes the metering and communication equipment, application software, installation services and training of utility personnel.”